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Poster: William Tell Date: Nov 10, 2009 8:35pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: St Stephen

Well...maybe...but I was there in 76 and didn't recognize the tune. Argh. It was the only DEAD song that really disappointed me, that I saw live...

But, enough negativity--you've got too many to listen to to worry about it, D!

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Poster: billydlions Date: Nov 11, 2009 7:27pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: St Stephen

Open your mind WT- I'm with LIA on this one. 1-11-78, 1-22-78 and 12-31-78 are all well played versions worthy of repeated listening. 10-11-83 is worth a listen for the crowd response alone. I enjoy the early versions as well but how many times did Bobby sing the wrong verse after the jam?

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Poster: William Tell Date: Nov 11, 2009 7:55pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: St Stephen

Ha! you're right about Bob--I liked the earlier ones with just Phil...I have listened to those ones (actually, based on recomm's from the Forum the first month I arrived, three years ago NOW). But thanks for the tips again. Yeah, it's just the tremendous energy and "ooomph" of the early era that seems to turn it into the "wheel"...now, that's a song I love, and if I only ever heard StSt done that way, it might be fine...totally a "personal" bias, NOT based on "true quality" (the way I like to think that, "yep, 1971 Deal kicks butt, and 1993 Deal sucks" and we all agree--more or less). Not sure if that makes sense...